Friday, April 12, 2013

Black to White: a kitchen update


This is a BEFORE photo of my kitchen.

Although I like having touches of black in my white kitchen, these dark chairs and table started to feel too dark. Especially since I don’t get a lot of natural light in here after the morning hours.


Funny when I look at this photo, I still like this look. And I might have kept them black except for my brown sectional that’s next to this kitchen. The combination of my dark chocolate sectional which I have a love/hate relationship with

( love how comfy it is, sick-of-the-color)

and this black table and chairs created a heaviness in this space. Do you do this kind of balancing act with color too? It felt like something needed to change.

You can see more of my before kitchen HERE.



Anyway, since I can’t afford a new couch I decided to focus on what I could change so I painted the furniture. You can see how I sanded, dismantled the chairs and used a chalk paint recipe HERE. 

I won’t deny it, painting chairs are a lot of work (thanks Dad for your help).



But now that it’s done, I’m SO happy with it. I’m just loving all the white.



What do you think? I took this picture in the morning.


Black table in background (ignore smudgy island)


White table in background


Black chairs next to brown sectional


White chairs next to brown sectional

Well that’s it for now. I’ll be back with photos of the whole kitchen

(hopefully with better lighting)

when I’m finished with my kitchen island chalk art. Now that the wedding’s over I finally have time to finish it! Although I still think the biggest transformation has been the white-chalk painted fireplace in this room, it changed the entire feeling in here. Amazing what paint can do.

In the meantime…this weekend is the annual Mother-Son dance at Michael’s school and it’s my Mom’s birthday on Sunday so I’ll be doing a little brunch. So I’m off to check out recipes….

I sure hope you have a wonderful weekend!




I’m linking this post up at these fun places:





Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I'm loving the white update - so crisp and clean! And I just love your kitchen! ... Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

michele said...

nothing makes me happier than painting something white, so i highly approve and think it truly refreshes the whole room and ties in with the family room more effectively.

the dance sounds great!


Debra@CommonGround said...

I definitely love the new look with the white table and chairs. The black's a great look, but it really lightens things up and changes the dynamic with the brown sofa. great decision!

Vanessa said...

Amazing how such a simple change really brightened up the space! LOVE the white. Your kitchen is gorgeous, btw! I'm a wee bit envious :)

Art and Sand said...

I know what you mean when you say you like the dark stools. That room is great. But, I love the white stools. The nice thing about paint is you can repaint them if you grow tired of the white.

Anonymous said...

Your fireplace really does look amazing, and the white chairs really lighten things up as well. I'm doing the same thing, by the way. I just love how white walls and furniture make everything look so crisp and clean. And your flowers are gorgeous!

Calypso In The Country said...

I adore your kitchen! The painted white chairs add such a fresh update! I am dying to paint my kitchen white! Have a nice weekend!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Leslie I LOVE the new lighter and brighter ties in so nicely with your newly painted brick too!!
Love your kitchen!!

Linda said...

We all need a little black in the kitchen and I think that the pot rack holds it together.
The white chairs make it all pop!!
Looking good!!

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Stunning change Leslie!! I love it. I have the same issue with limited natural light in our kitchen and that is what really drove me to go with as much white as possible. It really does brighten up the space and the before and after shots really show that. Your kitchen is so gorgeous.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I liked the black, but the white looks amazing. Fabulous transformation. I would love it if you would like up to my Inspire Me party. It will be live Monday evening. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

I love the white, once again you have done an amazing job!! It looks wonderful :)

I have a dresser that I really want to paint white, you have now inspired me :)

Hope you are well X

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I loved it both ways!!...but yes, the white makes it much brighter

Rita said...

I love the white! You have a beautiful home. If you get a chance, please link this to my sunday linky (starts sat 6pm)

Good Time Charlie said...

You have such a beautiful blog, and oh my that kitchen!!! I really love the white bar stools. The black was lovely, but the white changes the whole mood! Looking forward to what else you share!

Gypsy Heart said...

Leslie, I love black but I do understand your situation. You did a fabulous job on these stools! The white really brightens the area. I know you're going to love it!

P.S. Love, love the flowers!

20 North Ora said...

Amazing difference! Love the white chairs!! It just totally changed the whole room. Great job!


Christy James said...

That was a tough decision; the black chairs were so sophisticated. I have to say, though that I like how the white really freshens up your kitchen! It's bright and airy and looks like a place you want to be in...they contrast so much better with the sofa, too:) Great choice!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

It's hard to beat white, isn't it?

Funny I say that, now that I've just painted mine dark walnut. Hehe ...

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen is lovely and your choice to paint the stools white was a good one! The flower arrangements are really have a flare with flowers! Have a beautiful day celebrating your Mothers birthday!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Leslie, The bar stools look wonderful painted white. I loved your black and white kitchen but the white is even prettier. Happy birthday to your mom and I hope you enjoy your day with her.

Lori said...

Loving the white Leslie ~ it just looks so clean and fresh! The before and after shots really tell the tell don't they.

One More Time Events said...

Love the white! Your Kitchen is beautiful!

Sarah said...

Leslie, you already know that I think your kitchen is fabulous. I agree that the white update is a wonderful touch. Good choice!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful kitchen and I love the all white look! I'm not jealous...well, maybe a little bit! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me. I am thrilled you joined. Hugs, Marty

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Looks so lovely in the white!! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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